No need to worry Buccaneer fans, starting middle linebacker Barrett Ruud showed for the team mandatory mini camp. Even though he is miffed at the lack of contract talks he arrived and participated in drills. Ruud has not ruled out the idea of holding out of training camp in the hopes of getting the team to come to the table and begin negotiations on a long term extension.
“It’s one of those things where I was hoping to speed things up. For the most part, I chose to prepare on my own. I kept in contact with my coaches. I have a pretty good concept of the defense. I’m a little behind my teammates, but I’m happy with where I’m at right now.”
“No discussions. There haven’t been any at all,” said Ruud. “I’d like to be here a long time. I’d like to be with the Buccaneers. The organization is first class and it’s a great community. I like my teammates. I would like to be here for a long time.”
With recent news of veteran quarterback Brian Griese asking for his release, he has decided his best course of action is to stage a protest by not attending mini camp.
“Brian Griese is obviously under contract with us,” Dominik said. “Everything we do is strictly voluntary, so it’s his decision that he didn’t want to participate. But at the same point, I don’t take the quarterback position lightly. I was here when Luke McCown went down in OTAs with an ACL tear a few years ago. Until it’s a necessity, we won’t make a decision yet on which four go to camp with us.”
Second year swing guard Jeremy Zuttah has been penciled in as the teams starting left guard with incumbent Arron Sears battling a personnel matter and was excused by the team for this weeks mandatory mini camp.
“I look out there and I see that number so that’s our guy starting for us right now,’’ Morris said of Zuttah, who started six games, including one at left guard, in 2009. “That’s his role, that’s his job.’’
Gaines Adams left practice early, with what the team is describing as a foot sprain.
“I just rolled up on my foot, but it was nothing major,” said Adams. “It was more precautionary than anything else.”
Former Buc receiver Keenan McCardell was on hand to take in practice with aspirations of becoming a coach.
“He just kind of said, “What’s up?’ McCardell said. “I said, “I’m thinking about dibble dabbling in coaching a little bit. I haven’t made my mind up yet. He said, “Come out and see if you like it.’ And it was fun. I’m enjoying it.”
After being bitten by the injury bug the last few season running back Carnell Williams is on the mend and hopeful to be ready for the start of training camp.
“That’s the primary goal,” Williams said when asked if he was scheduled to return to action for the start of training camp. “Just from doing rehab and a lot of little things here and there during the process it’s looking really promising.
“I’ve been a fighter all my life. I think I get it from my mother – I’ve been watching her all my life. She’s very dedicated and gives it everything she has. I think that’s where I get it from. I’m not going to quit until I just can’t do this anymore.”
Kyle Arrington, who was carted off the field last week showed little to no ill effects after a collision with receiver Pat Carter.
Reserve linebacker Matt McCoy was held out of practice with a torn foot muscle.
Torrie Cox suggested the team was easing him back into shape after being sideline the last few seasons with knee injuries.
Defensive coordinator Jim Bates heaped praise on second year linebacker Geno Hayes.
Converted safety Jermaine Phillips says he is all in and has not practiced with the secondary this off-season.
Head coach Raheem Morris said troubled receiver Plaxico Burress has expressed an interest in playing for the Bucs.
Rookie quarterback Josh Freeman said things are definitely starting to slow down & he is starting to understand exactly the ebb and flow of the game and how to get the ball out on time.